Agenda for Invasive Species Summit

The following draft agenda is provided so that interested attendees can begin to get a sense of the types of dialogue likely to take place at the Summit. In addition to the program as outlined below, a poster session will accompany the summit to maximize opportunities for showcasing the latest developments in invasive arthropod species management and a drafting station will be available for collaborative efforts to craft a consensus document on the challenges of invasive arthropod species.

Friday, November 9

Securing our Borders: Using technology and cooperation to address our forestry invasive arthropod species challenge – A Technical Perspective

This small group, round-table conversation between Canadian and US federal officials will discuss the technical challenges of the trans-boundary invasive arthropod species challenge. A small group of participants will engage with a facilitator to address issues of communication and collaboration along the border.

  • Facilitator, tbd
  • Panelists, tbd

Securing our Borders: Using technology and cooperation to address our forestry invasive arthropod species challenge – A Policy Perspective

Similar to the earlier technical discussion, this small round-table conversation between Canadian and US federal policy officials from agencies which deal with invasive arthropod species will be a strategic conversation on increasing cross-border cooperation to better enable early and rapid detection of invasive species. The facilitated session will be influenced by outcomes of  the earlier technical discussion.

  • Facilitator, (invited) Dr. Scott Miller; Smithsonian Institution; Deputy Under Secretary, Science and Collections
  • U.S. Panelists
    • Ms. Samantha J. Simon; U.S. Department of Agriculture; Senior Invasive Species Coordinator
    • Dr. Stephanie Bloem; North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO); Executive Director
    • (invited) Dr. Jamie K. Reaser; U.S. Department of the Interior; Office of the Secretary, Executive Director National Invasive Species Council
    • (invited) Mr. Dan Jiron; U.S. Forest Service; Associate Chief
  • Canadian Panelists
    • Mr. Derek MacFarlane; Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service; Regional Director General; Atlantic Forestry Centre
    • Dr. Anthony Hopkin; Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service; Director, Entomology and Phytosanitary Service
    • Ms. Wendy Asbil; Canadian Food Inspection Agency; National Manager, Invasive Alien Species and Domestic Plant Health Programs Section
    • (invited) Dr. Diane Nicholls; British Columbia Ministry of Forests; Chief Forester
    • Mrs. Jennifer McGuire; British Columbia Ministry of Environment;
      Assistant Deputy Minister, Environmental Sustainability and Strategic Policy Division

Reception (6:30pm)

Attendees will enjoy networking and having an opportunity to preview the posters that will be on display throughout the summit. Additionally, the consensus document drafting station will be available for collaborative drafting efforts.

Saturday, November 10

Welcome (8:00 am)

Attendees will preview the day to come, receive an overview of the summit, including any important updates or outcomes from the prior day’s round-table conversations. Other topics to be covered include a summary of the purpose of the Grand Challenges Agenda for Entomology (GCAFE), the need for better and more effective science communication, a presentation of current invasive policy statements from the entomology community, and discuss the development of a consensus statement to be developed during the meeting which will serve as a planning document to direct future efforts.

  • Presenter: Dr. Frank Zalom; University of California, Davis & Summit Co-Chair

The Views from Washington and Ottawa: The Invasive Species Challenge from Both Sides of the Border (8:15 am)

This two-part, high level and high impact plenary talk will feature federal officials from both the Canadian and U.S. governments. They will deliver talks that address their respective federal positions on invasive species, the challenges the governments are facing, and ways that they see for the U.S. and Canadian on federal priorities related to international cooperation in invasive species.

  • Presenter:  (invited) Dr. Jamie K. Reaser; U.S. Department of the Interior; Office of the Secretary, Executive Director National Invasive Species Council
  • Presenter: Mr. Derek MacFarlane; Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service; Regional Director General; Atlantic Forestry Centre

State of the Vancouver Port (9:00 am)

Vancouver is one of the busiest ports in the Americas and is among the top 30 busiest ports in the world. It is also connected to the world as a major hub for international flights to and from North America. As such, a discussion of the real life challenges faced by the Port Authority can show the scope of the problem in addition to other challenges, such as funding, scale, training, and the tools of the trade.

  • Presenter: tbd

Challenge Areas Panel (9:30 am)

Many of the invasive species challenges that entomologists and other professionals face are the same, regardless of what pest is being considered. This panel presentation will seek to define the primary issues that need to be addressed. The panelists will seek to address their views on the most critical elements of the challenge, including prevention, detection, and response.

  • Facilitator: Ms. Tracey Cooke; Invasive Species Centre; Executive Director
  • Panelist: Dr. Sandy Smith; University of Toronto; Professor
  • Panelist: Dr. Stephanie Bloem; NAPPO; Executive Director
  • Panelist: Dr. Andrew Liebhold; U.S. Forest Service; Research Entomologist
  • Panelist: Dr. Leland Humble; Natural Resources Canada; Research Scientist

Break (10:00 am)

During the break, refreshments will be supplied, participants will be invited to review the posters, and all will be encouraged to visit the consensus document station, where the group will collaboratively work on preparing an outcome statement from the Summit.

“No New Invaders” Perspective Talks (10:30 am)

We tend to think of invasive species as inevitable, and perhaps they are. But does that kind of thinking limit our approaches? What would it take to stop all new invasions? Reframing the challenge allows us to better view our toolkit. These “What if …” scenarios will all be short talks delivered in a lively presentation style and are designed to get summit attendees thinking of the challenge from a different perspective.

  • Presentation by: Dr. Helen Spafford, University of Hawaii. Introduction: No new invaders
  • Presentation by: (invited) Dr. David Lodge, Cornell University. Picking winners: How can we get better at pathway analysis and risk assessment?
  • Presentation by: Dr. Nancy Schelhorn, CSIRO. What tool is missing?
  • Presentation by: Dr. James Carey, University of California, Davis.  Eradication – Policy and technology
  • Presentation by: Ms. Gail Wallin, Invasive Species Council of British Columbia, Outreach and Education – Why informed citizens are an essential part of the solutions
  • Presentation by: Dr. Stephen Dobson, University of Kentucky and Mosquito Mate; What’s in your toolbox? 
  • Presentation by: (invited) Dr. Patricia McAllister, CFIA; Trade and Policy Solutions

Funding Solutions Through Innovation (11:10 am)

This presentation will focus on looking beyond the obvious for solutions. It will be about thinking differently and building solution-seeking communities where they don’t currently exist. The e-Economy has disrupted most traditional business models, forcing individuals to look beyond the horizon to adapt to an always-new paradigm. What is to be learned by broadening our scope as we search for solutions to the invasive arthropod species challenge?

  • Presenter: (invited) Mr. Paul Bunje; Conservation X Labs; Co-founder

Morning Wrap Up (11:30 am)

Lessons learned during the morning sessions will be discussed, the consensus document will be reviewed, and the afternoon sessions will be previewed.

  • Presenter: Ms. Tracy Hueppelsheuser, British Columbia Plant Protection Advisory Council & Summit Co-Chair

Lunch (11:45 am)

Breakout Sessions on Critical Issues (12:45 pm)

Some of the most pressing needs related to invasive arthropod species will be discussed in breakout sessions. In each room, an expert on the topic will facilitate a meeting, assisted by the ESA Science Policy Fellows, and others. The sessions will unearth the ways that we should be addressing the challenge, identify opportunities for collaboration, and chart the path forward. Using the “one word, one sentence, and one paragraph” model, the breakout sessions will be tasked to outline the most important factors related to their critical issue and then summarize them as succinctly as possible.

  • Prevention. Facilitator: Dr. Frank Zalom and Dr. Helen Spafford
  • DetectionFacilitator: Dr. Leland Humble
  • Response ManagementFacilitator: Dr. Sandy Smith and Ms. Tracey Hueppelsheuser
  • Trade and Policy/International AgreementsFacilitator: (invited) Dr. Robert Nowierski

Break (2:00 pm)

During the break, refreshments will be supplied, participants will be invited to review the posters, and all will be encouraged to visit the consensus document station, where the group will collaboratively work on preparing an outcome statement from the Summit.

Report Outs on Critical Issues (2:20 pm)

Each of the discussion leaders from the breakout sessions will provide a brief summary on the outcomes from their sessions.

Moving from Discussion to Impact (3:00 pm)

Building on the report outs, well-known author and respected science communicator will work with the summit attendees on shaping the outcome statements to become impact messages, emphasizing ways to craft science as a narrative in such a way so that the public at large can understand the message and, more importantly, find it compelling enough to act on.

  • Presenter: Randy Olson, Author

2019 and Beyond (4:00pm)

Perhaps the most important part of the summit will occur in the hours and weeks that follow its conclusion. This talk will set the stage for that. The presidents from the three hosting entomological societies will discuss the day’s conversations, the consensus document, and identified needs in the coming days, months, and years.

  • Facilitator: David Gammel; Entomological Society of America; Executive Director
  • Panelist: Dr. Patrice Bouchard; Entomological Society of Canada; President
  • Panelist: Dr. Michael Parrella; Entomological Society of America; President
  • Panelist: Dr. Jennifer Cory; Entomological Society of British Columbia; President

International GCAFE Updates (4:30 pm)

The GCAFE Initiative is broader than this single summit. It is a community of entomologists and partners who seek to improve the state of the world through collaborative communication around the challenge areas. This section of the program will deal with updates on the following areas:

  • Facilitator: David Gammel; Entomological Society of America; Executive Director
  • Panelist: (invited) Dr. Eliane Quintela; Entomological Society of Brazil; President
  • Panelist: (invited) Dr. May Berenbaum; Entomological Society of America; Past President
  • Panelist: (invited) Mr. Luke Tilley; Royal Entomological Society; Executive Director
  • Panelist: Dr. Heiki Hokkanen; Entomological Society of Finland; President

Adjourn and Attendee Photo (4:50 pm)